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Sonatype Strengthens Central Repository With JBoss

Dr. Dobbs

Published: September 07, 2011 09:00

Sonatype has moved to open up Java developer options by adding Red Hat's JBoss Community project components to the Central Repository open source Java components store. The company's goal is to provide developers with a route towards locating and consuming JBoss Community software components in a single, standard location.

As part of the process to reach this expansion, Sonatype says that it has provided the JBoss Community with a standard repository infrastructure based on its commercial repository manager, Sonatype Pro for Nexus. The company worked closely with JBoss Community project teams to evaluate legacy repositories, clean-up metadata, and coalesce disparate content into a single site. Sonatype specifies that it will remain the caretaker of the Central Repository and provides a hosted version of its Sonatype Pro for Nexus software to more than 1,000 open source projects at no charge.

"We standardized on Apache Maven to provide a uniform build system for developing JBoss Community projects," said Mark Little, senior director of middleware engineering at Red Hat. "Providing transparent, streamlined access to important project artifacts in the Central Repository accelerates our development process and enables the JBoss Community to more rapidly provide its open source technologies to users."

Claiming nearly four billion developer visits per year, the addition of JBoss Community software components comes on the heels Oracle's migration of project artifacts to the Central Repository last month. The support for a centralized distribution point for open source components is hoped to reinforce the value the repository brings to the developer community and extends its reach.

Since its creation in 2001, usage of the Central Repository by the open source community has grown "exponentially" says Sonatype , with more than 90 percent of all open source Java projects expected to be available in the Central Repository by the end of this year. "The Central Repository has become the primary exchange for open source components," said Jason van Zyl, CTO and founder of Sonatype. "With a standard repository infrastructure in place, JBoss Community users can get the components they need more easily and JBoss Community developers can reduce the risk and errors associated with disparate libraries."